The RIVER Starter Program

The country with the most rivers is Bangladesh. The country is called "the land of the rivers" because of its extensive network of five river systems. The rivers in Bangladesh generally flow south and are widely used natural resources for fishing, irrigation, transport, Tourism and power. Maximum Peoples of our Country directly depends on rivers mostly. Our rivers connected with our culture, ritual, heritage and history. If rivers die everything dies. As well as people loss their income source. Right now our maximum rivers are polluted and encroached. For this reason we establish Climate school for Educating, empowering and rehabilitating river dependent deprived people. Another aim of Climate school is create river starter. River Starter is an environmental education Program to learn about the environment, water resources and rivers and emphasizes not only about water but every aspect of fresh water ecosystems including its Biodiversity, functions, values and benefits to mankind. Any kinds of school can join River starter Program.

Civic Science Approach of RIVER Starter Program

Bangladesh River Foundation prides to introduce the concept of ‘Civic Science’ as a way to approach community participation in river and water management. the concept mean to bring thoughts about issue from the mind down to the heart, by giving the people awareness, knowledge and most importantly skill to take action on environmental matters. Global Environment Center-Malaysia  initiated this concept and gained success.

       (exhibition, poster)

       (books, leaflets)

       (training, demonstration)

       (river monitoring, pollution prevention)

Establishing a RIVER Starter Program involves a 4 steps Process

Step 1: Selection Process
  • 2-4 teachers/adults/community leaders
  • 20-30 students/children/community

Step 2: Support Group
  • RIVER Starter Club
  • School Management
  • Local Government
  • Environmental Steering Committee
  • Local politician

Step 3: Training
  • Certified Training by BRF
  • Theory and practical components

Step 4: Action
  • River Mapping
  • River health Check
  • Pollution Monitoring
  • Data collection and Reporting
  • Train Others
  • Organize events


The RIVER Starter involves Theory and practical training in river and water management. The RIVER Starter program cover 5 training modules, which teach participants about the current status of river management in Bangladesh and what their role is in caring for our rivers.

Module 1: River and River Basin
  • What is river
  • What is River Basin
  • How are Human and rivers Connected

Module 2: The Bangladeshi Scenario
  • What is the status of rivers in Bangladesh?
  • What are the main sources of water pollution?
  • How does polluted water affect us ?

Module 3: Integrated  River Basin Management
  • What is the river Basin Concept ?
  • How can we manage our rivers in an integrated ways?
  • How can we make a difference?


Module 4: Field Training information
  • How do we access a river’s health
  • What equipment do we need to monitor a river?
  • What do we measure and what does it mean?

Module 5: On-site Practical Field Training
  • The Fun part of the training and the most educational!
  • Participants will be taken to a local river to conduct physical, chemical and biological assessments of the river and observe issue related to river management.

Get involved!

Schools play an integral role in educating students, as well as their parents, in river and water management .BRF can help to establish a RIVER Starter program and provide training for your school. RIVER Starter schools are also invited to participate in local environmental events where they are able to meet other schools in the program.

Corporate organizations and capable individuals can help this program by sponsoring and donating. If you love river and rive dependent people you can sponsor them. It will be your be CSR.

For more information, contact us at:
Bangladesh River Foundation
House# 35/1, Block# D
College Road, South Chayabithi
Gazipur 1700

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